The Government of Canada has announced funding today through the Canadian Experiences Fund that supports the government’s recent announcement a new tourism strategy. Tourism serves as a huge economic driver for communities across the country, including rural areas.

A couple of Parkland communities have been named as recipients of the funding.

The first is the Dauphin Derailleurs Cycle Club, which received a grant of $335,000 to expand the multi-use bicycle trails in the Riding Mountain National Park area, including the development of a full-service trailhead with links.

Neepawa has received two grants. One grant of $150,000 is dedicated to the town to develop the Neepawa Area Multi-Use Trail Park, and the other grant of $99,999 will go to Farmery Estate Brewery to enhance the farm-to-table tourism experience.

Canadian communities big and small from coast to coast received funding equalling to $11,685,255.

The funds in Western Canada are delivered by Western Economic Diversification.